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At the end of 2016, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) published the new edition of its report entitled 'Measuring the information society'. The report analyses the introduction of information and communication technologies (ICT) in 175 countries and the potential for ICT-related development.
The objectives of this report are to evaluate how different countries of the world: develop; attract; retain talents in their territory. A study that makes sense to the extent that the talents of a country are resources every economy and every business needs to grow and create sustainable added value.
In the night of Monday 28 to Tuesday 29 November 2016, temperatures finally sank below -7°C in the Grand Duchy. That means that the weather conditions were suitable for harvesting a wine rarity in the Grand Duchy, and indeed anywhere in the world - ice wine.
In the Grand Duchy, St Nicholas' feast day is a firmly rooted tradition, and one that is just as important as Christmas. And quite rightly: children at fundamental school are the only ones in Europe to have the day off on 6 December, so that they can take full advantage of Niklosdag (St Nicholas' feast day).
There are few areas of the food and drink sector as dependent on the weather as vine-growing and wine production. Seasons that are too wet or too dry can quickly ruin a year's vintage, in addition to all the other factors involved in producing wine. And 2016 has been particularly difficult, with a spring — and an early summer — that were far too wet. Thank goodness the months of August and September came to the rescue.
Of the fifty short and full-length films selected - including four Luxembourgish productions –, three Luxembourgish productions received an award at the French-language Cinema Trophies award ceremony on Saturday, 3 December 2016. A splendid performance that deserves to be highlighted.
Since 1 December 2016, the rules on parental leave have changed. The reform introduces, among other things, a flexibilisation of the periods of leave which on one hand meets the needs of working parents and on the other, the needs of employers.
With the entry into force on Thursday 1 December 2016 of the Law of 3 November 2016 on the reform of parental leave, the social parametres have been updated by the Inspectorate General of the Social Security (Inspection générale de la sécurité sociale, IGSS) to reflect the changes introduced by this law.
On 29 November 2016, the Secretaries of State for the Economy, Francine Closener, and for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Camille Gira, announced the creation of an innovation cluster dedicated to the wood production and processing industry in Luxembourg. As an acting platform for exchanges between all stakeholders in the sector its the 'Wood Cluster', its underlying logic is that of improving the recovery of this sustainable material par excellence at local and regional level.